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Gibson Melody Maker Dual Pickup Electric Guitar

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The Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a '59 rounded neck and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. It comes in a cool satin ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An American icon built in the USA for the best price ever!

The Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a '59 rounded neck and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. It comes in a cool satin finish for an aged look.

Appointments include two special design single-coil pickups for vintage tone, wraparound bridge and chrome hardware.

The original Melody Maker guitar was introduced by Gibson in 1959 and was based on the same philosophy: American-made quality at a price for the beginning player.

  • Body species: Mahogany
  • Jack location: Top
  • Species: Spanish Cedar or equivalent
  • Profile: '59 rounded
  • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Total length: 18.062"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Hardware plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Wraparound
  • Knobs: Black tophat
  • Tuners: White button
  • Pickups: Two special design single-coil
  • Manufactured in: Nashville, TN

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Best USA made in its Class...

... and not that there is no other USA made guitar in this price range, but it is incredible for this prices. First off, I got Ebony. This one is completely black...Read complete review

... and not that there is no other USA made guitar in this price range, but it is incredible for this prices. First off, I got Ebony. This one is completely black everywhere, solid finish. And with the black single coils and black pick guard with the black knobs, it looks hot with pearl white dot inlays on dark rosewood and white buttons. Very cool look. The finish is not faded on black, it's satin really, and nice contrast to the glossy parts. The neck was perfect, smooth frets, finished and set, so totally Gibson. Solid mahogany is much warmer with the single coils then say alder, maple or ash, so it's not as bright sounding. Beautiful sound for singer/songwriter or rhythm guitar. It is very light and a pleasure to hold. Small profile so great for smaller hands but the round neck is just substantial enough to get that great sustain! I'm 6 foot tall and this feels great to me too. I think this was the smartest thing Gibson did in 2007, if they follow up and put out some jazzier versions to make everybody else happy, they'll probably sell the heck out of them. Indie, classic rock, blues and alternative music, totally fit this guitar, and country could use it as a compliment to the tele. Don't get me wrong, I love my tele for its sparkle, but the darkness of this sound fits a lot of todays sound. I only knocked it on features as its straight forward and simple. I liked it so much that after tuning it and playing it through a Fender blues de-ville, I got back online and bought another. I figure someones going to figure out this is a steal and these won't be around anymore. Also, I've seen Fender come up with great ideas with simple vintage through-backs and then just stop making them driving their price up. Also, this is American so its value as a guitar will only go up. If Gibson pulls this off the market it would be a real mistake.


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Maybe I got a Bad One

I bought the Melody Maker as a backup guitar, and a light practice guitar. Honestly, my Epiphone Les Paul came out of the box set up better than this Gibson Melody Maker. The...Read complete review

I bought the Melody Maker as a backup guitar, and a light practice guitar. Honestly, my Epiphone Les Paul came out of the box set up better than this Gibson Melody Maker. The action was way too high, making the guitar very hard to play, but that's an easy fix. There were also lots of sharp fret ends. I don't know why, but I expect a little more from Gibson on that. My Epiphone came out of the box perfect. I know this is a budget Gibson, but sharp fret ends and high action are basic set up stuff that should have been caught and corrected at the factory. Now to the worst part. There was also a weird electronic clicking sound whenever this guitar would rub across my waist when playing it with a strap. It only happened on the back of the body, directly behind where the Volume/Tone pots are. I could repeat the sound by rubbing my hand across the back of the body. That was just annoying. It sounded like a noisy strat pickup selector switch. It was just this loud electronic crackle due to rubbing just one spot on the back of the body. Overall, I think Gibson dropped the ball on my guitar. The Melody Maker has a great vibe, and a killer sound. But QC at Gibson doomed this one to be returned and replaced with an Epiphone G-400. The finish gives the Melody Maker a great 50's feel to the guitar, and again, it sounds absolutely wonderful. But, the electronic crackle every time I moved when I played standing was too much. I can excuse high action, and even some sharp frets. If it weren't for the crackling sound, and sharp frets, this guitar would easily have been a 5. Giving mine a 2.5 is being generous.

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Hey it's a Melody Maker

By Axeman-sPvcM

from Media, PA

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I've been playing guitar for thirty years, and I must say this is a nice guitar.It is Gibson quality for a melody maker. This is not a LP. It was created to be a student guitar. I love mine, and my buddies love it too. I like the rough finish. However, the sound is definitely Gibson all the way !That's why I give it all fives.


Pay the extra $ and get an SG

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

If you're looking for a good bang around guitar, this might be the one. Actually has decent sound, action, and feel, but the finish is about the worst I have ever seen on any guitar, in ANY price range. I got the faded white, and actually like the finish and feel, but there are so many seams on the body, it looks like it was knocked together by a 10th grader, in wood shop. (No offence to 10th graders) I mean, it's really bad. If you have to have a Gibson, spend the few extra bucks and get the SG Faded, or if finances don't permit, than this is definitley a good value, as it has great tone and plays well. I do believe it plays better than the Epiphone in the same price range, although the Epi's do look a lot better, but this guitar will definitley be a good student model as the action is way better. Also, they wouldn't worry too much about dressing it up with stickers or some such. All in all, I give it a 3 out of 10, mostly because its a cheapo guitar with an expensive name on the head.


Great Buy

By Sousaphone4life

from Inland Empire

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This guitar gets a strong 10 in my opinion. It does exactly what it is made to do at a very good price, Like the original. Good Neck, Hot Pickups (Very P-90 like) Light, easy to play and (I cant believe im saying this) the Factory set up was near perfect. Couldn't ask for much more for the price


Best budget guitar out there!

By Freddy-jXzod

from Michigan

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Here's the good; this guitar's neck is as nice as most standard gibson les pauls and sg's! It plays fantastic, intonation was spot on even with the fixed bridge. The volume pot is quality, very smooth and the pickups were very quiet for single coils. These pickups are HOT! Initially I had a hard time getting a clean tone out of them without backing them way down! You can easily get a gritty ACDC tone out of this guitar the pickups are fantastic dirty! Here's the bad: The finish is absolutely terrible, even worse than I expected, you can see and feel the wood grain don't expect to impress anyone who doesn't know much about guitars. Mine was barely strung I played for an hour before it would stay in tune. Once in tune the action had risen a lot. I don't think they set the neck truss rod at all before shipping. I had to adjust the neck, the action came back down, and it now stays in tune perfect. This guitar, once setup, will outplay any guitar in it's price range and some well above it! I'd put the neck in the same league as my old American SG, it blows my epi les paul away, it's that good! Bottom line, this guitar looks like a walmart special, but plays like the AMERICAN Gibson that it is! Don't buy some imported "cool" looking guitar and over look this ugly duckling, you'll be sorry in the end!


I play ska ...

By Pratten

from phoenicia, NY

If you play ska you def use the high e string way more than a punk band or anyone else really. Well .. this two pickup seemed amazing for the price ..and its a gibson ..and its white... sweet jesus thats everything i ever wanted in a guitar. When i recieved it.. the guitar was amazingly light and easy to play. When i plugged it in it almost sounded like a piano. I was using a fender tube amp so it sounded amazing altogether. Though when at band practice the hight e string would always get caught on the pickup. I ignored it and kept removing it until i was almost fed up with it. So i decided to give it a second chance. Well it turns out my band had a show to do, long story short, the string got caught .. i looked like a fool and i think im getting a new guitar... or at least changing the top pickup. Great sound though!


Can't Get a Gibson for this Price!

By Victor-JJArO

from Jersey

I got this on this site, love it! Recommend getting the les paul flat top gold knobs to make it look like an authentic 1959 Melody Maker. Only thing that sucks is the finish, they could have spent an extra buck to make it gloss finish instead of faded series, or they should have advertised it as "Melody Maker Faded Series". I would have bought the gloss finish for a couple extra bucks if gibson offered it.


an excellent guitar.

By Scott-kD9QL

from chicago

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I was nothing but impressed with this little guy. When I first looked at it, I thought, "wow, that is a pretty thin guitar..." that is, until I picked it up... this thing weighs almost as much as a Les Paul custom! It's pretty substantial. There are 2 things hardware-wise that I have to gripe about. 1. the top strap bolt is on a sort of weird angle, if you sling your guitar really low, it has a bad tendency of letting go of your strap. I would advise strap-locks. 2. the toggle switch is located in an odd spot... I tend to hit it a lot when I'm strumming really hard (I strum pretty high on the strings)Other than that, I love it to death. it's a great guitar, and there ain't a lot of people out there playing them, which I like.


Finally - a decent bargain Gibson

By tan57

from Kansas City, MO

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I tuned it up first thing out of the box and haven't had to make any adjustments at all (though I will when I put a slightly more stout string set on it). The finish is one of those opaque fake sunbursts that are just paint and the heavy grain is part of the surface, but that's just fine - nitro or poly would add many more $$ and I don't want to spend that for this style of guitar. It can scream and roar with the proper gain and wattage propping it, but has a delicate and honest clean sound. I like it a bunch. Only quibble - the neck seems set a little far into the bass side of the body with not as much real estate under the high E, so I'm tending to pull that string E off the edge of the fretboard more often than with my other instruments. I'll get used to it, but maybe Givson will want to lok at that.


great box for the blues

By Tommy Chicago

from Chicago, IL

This guitar is a lot of fun. I bought it because all my other guitars have humbuckers and sound generally the same. This guitar stood out to me for many reasons. First I wanted single coils but couldn't build the courage to buy a fender as I've been a les paul player since I was 12. Second its got such an old school look I couldn't resist. It sounds real good and hot compared to my other guitars. Plays fine, I'm not picky about frets or necks for the most part, but if you are, try before you buy. This was my first wraparound tailpiece. Definatly different without a tune o matic, but not worse. Gives you the ability to add a lot more twang. It looks the part for the type of music I play. The picture defiantly looks better than reality, its satin finish is a lot flatter than the picture. But with the price tag I'd be less hesitant to make personal modifications to the finish (wearing it down) this I think is made up for by the unique way its set up. But if you want a good blues sound and look this guitar works, I really like it.


i love my gibson!!!

By x-vl.jsPk

from Ninemile, Jamaica

ok i have been waiting a long time for this guitar and i wassnt sure what color to get ( i picked the worn white) after i read some reveiw i started to lean towards getting a ibanez but after i played one of my friends les puals i was moved by the easy playability and the great sound so i changed my mind, and got this and man it is so nice it just arrived today and wow i love it the worn white looks great to i just wish they would actually have a good finish on it but that probably would have drove the price up but it has great sound also. I truely recomend this guitar to anyone who wants a great guitar thats maid in the U.S.A



By Lorenzo P

from LA

Well, I've owned mine for a YEAR so have had lots of time to think about this and A/B. I own six guitars now and have owned over 30 in the past 10 years. The RI melody maker is overall a great guitar. Main reason is the cost/benefit ratio giving it good value. Dont rate value without considering both of these factors. The finish IS very thin (thats what saves so much cost here) and the neck/frets are sharp. I fixed the latter by sanding the neck down to my liking and the former by stripping the tobacco burst and doing a natural walnut finish. It is now my FAVORITE guitar for overall feel, look, weight, size etc. The sound is amazing, very un-noisy single coils with high output. I am tempted to buy one more now. All in all-a great guitar but definitely not ready out of the box. Anyone with basic setup abilities can get it right though.



By JimG

from Charleston, SC

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Good reissue of the original beginner/entry level Gibson electric from the 1950's. It drips with vintage looks, sound and feel. 2 PU in vintage sunburst & it is very light. Plays great out of the cardboard box. Neck & body are mahoghany and the neck has a good feel, but it is a little fatter than a LP neck. I was amazed how well the fretwork was in spite of some other comments. This frets better than my old '77 LP & is and excellent value for $380! With the single coil PUs, it is great for blues or Strat type playing. Move the neck strap button to the back and it works much better. I have modified mine with humbuckers and have moved some things around, but this is not for everyone. However, you could try some SD Hotrails/Coolrails with a push/pull pot for coil tapping to make this a very usable and versatile guitar. These are simple mods that are easy to do and other SC PUs will fit. It has good wood and a very playable neck. It's not a Ferrari and never will be, but it is like a vintage pick-up truck that just oozes tons of cool. Fits LP case. I recommend it to anyone who wants a fun guitar or wants a cool beginner guitar.


I love it!

By NorCalKush

from Humboldt County, Calif.

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Out of the box this instrument was ready to go. All I changed were the strings to Ernie Ball 10's. The sound is everything I expected and more. Ease of play is very good. The dual pickups each give you a distinctive sound. I'm playing this thing through a Roland Micro Cube amp and can get most any sound I want out of the entry level guitar. It's the best value going for a novice or beginner and it's made in the U.S. The only negative I have is the finish sucks but I knew that going in. There were a couple of lacquer blemishes on the face of the guitar but I really don't care. If I wanted beauty I would have bought an American Les Paul. I would highly recommend this instrument for a beginner or novice that doesn't want to spend a fortune.


Great Guitar, Better Price

By thisguy-0Aalo

from Louisville, Ky

Very light in weight, the tone works well for the quiet style I play. The tuner knobs are a little cheap but this is my only complaint.


'59 Melody Maker reissue

By tfancil

from Warsaw, IN

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Very accurate reproduction of the original Melody Maker. The only real difference, between the old and the new, is the finish and the tuners. The original guitar had a gloss finish that would crack really easy and the the new model has a satin finish that is soaked into the grain. The original guitar also had really cheap tuner and the newer guitar has the Gibson Deluxe tuners with white buttons. I like these guitars so much that I bought a second one! These are NOT Gibson Les Pauls. These are a great reproduction of the original Gibson Melody Maker!


Nice guitar!

By Guitarhero66466

from N.Y.

It's a really good guitar for pretty much playin anywhere. I use it for playing shows and just jammin with my friends! Its a really nice guitar!



By Rocker Chick

from nj

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I bought the white MM it looks very cool with the black pickguard, the finish is nice neck is smooth and easy to play,nice smooth frets,the pickups are amazing not like any fender single coil i have played... the bridge pickup seems a little hotter than the neck pickup.. the tuners work well and keep the guitar in set up is a Big muff through a Fender princeton reverb and HOLY HOLY THIS GUITAR ROCKS! i love the weight and balance of the guitar very solid axe for the cash..i cant put in down!



By player30yrs+

from NJ

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OK.. the finish is what it is, other than that, it's a GREAT little axe for the money. mine had great tone and volume, the freats were smooth not sharp edged, stayed in tune as I played it to death... for $ (2 pickups) set neck american made Gibson... its a no brainer, worth every penny.


Stoner Rock Approved

By Maggot Colony-MryUm

from 559 Cali

When I saw this thing I had to get it a Gibson at this price was to hard to pass up. The tuners are cheap but work well as long as you wind them correctly. I did replace the Wraparound Tailpiecewith a TonePros AVT-II now the intonation is perfect. I also replaced the bridge P/U with a Dimarzio Fast Track II. This thing rocks hardwith simple easy to do mods that are reversible!


Finally, an affordable Gibson!!!!!!!

By MintChip743

from Reno, NV

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I've had this guitar for about a month now and the only thing that's wrong with it is it's missing paint on the neck, otherwise amazing quality and value.

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